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Health Care in Puerto Princesa City

Learn about the health system in Puerto Princesa City: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in Puerto Princesa City.

The healthcare system in Puerto Princesa City, is a mix of public and private providers. The public healthcare system, known as PhilHealth, is widely used by both locals and foreigners, while private healthcare is often sought for more specialized care.

Philippines’s Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in the Philippines is managed by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, commonly known as PhilHealth. This system is used by both locals and foreigners, including expats and digital nomads. While public hospitals in Puerto Princesa City, such as the Ospital ng Palawan, are capable of handling serious medical emergencies and major surgeries, many people recommend private hospitals for these situations due to their more advanced facilities and shorter waiting times. The experience at a public hospital can vary, but generally, they are crowded and have longer waiting times compared to private hospitals. Expats primarily use private hospitals, although they are allowed to use the public healthcare system.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Puerto Princesa City

There are several hospitals and clinics in Puerto Princesa City that are recommended for expats. These include:

  • Adventist Hospital Palawan – a private hospital located along Malvar Street.
  • Ospital ng Palawan – a public hospital located along Malvar Street that specializes in general healthcare.
  • Palawan Medical City – a private hospital located along North National Highway that offers specialized medical care.
In case of emergencies or need for specialized medical care, expats often travel to Manila, which is approximately an hour and a half away by plane.

Emergency Services in Puerto Princesa City

There are ambulance services available in Puerto Princesa City. In case of an emergency, you can call the local emergency hotline, 117. The response time of the ambulance service can vary depending on the location and traffic conditions, but generally, they are able to respond quickly.

Health Insurance Companies in Puerto Princesa City

There are several popular private health insurance companies in Puerto Princesa City. These include Philam Life, Sun Life Financial, and AXA Philippines. These companies offer a range of health insurance products that cater to different needs and budgets. Expats and digital nomads typically use these companies for their health insurance needs, although some may opt for specialized expat health insurance providers.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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